We've reopened with our regular hours and admission rates and can't wait to welcome you back to the Gardiner. There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Join Chief Curator Sequoia Miller for a virtual visit to the home studio of Halifax-based ceramic artist Mariko Paterson. No registration is necessary. Just mark you calendar and tune in on Instagram!
About the Artist
Mariko Paterson has been around the ceramic block. Born and raised in Vancouver, she left after a stint at Langara College to pursue a degree at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, followed by an MFA at Kent State University in Ohio. While her practice has taken her to New York, Michigan, Ohio, and Manitoba, Halifax, Nova Scotia now serves as the world ceramic headquarters of the small, but mighty Forage Studios.
Forage Studios presents a ceramic style not intended for the faint of heart. Historical interests mingle and meld with hand-building techniques when it comes to satisfying Paterson’s sculptural wants. Each piece is fired multiple times to build up rich layers of glaze, china paints, decals, and gold luster, which make her a combination of both crazy and satisfied in the end. Paterson’s dalliance with the pottery wheel has resulted in smaller functional forms that allow her to explore her love of creamy clay bodies, colour galore, and curious illustration.
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